We people spend all our lives trying to find happiness and self satisfaction. No matter what happens in life, we are never satisfied. We keep on looking for more happiness. Happiness- the meaning is different for all. Some find happiness in small pleasures of life while for some, their entire life passes by in a flash but they do not find true happiness. So, what is the secret of happiness?
I would say, to each his own. The world is full of brave people, trying to make two ends meet. We see so many great examples of human struggles every day. For some happiness is dancing in the rain, for some it is the first mango of the season and for some it is to see their children flourish. The degree of happiness varies as well. We don’t equally happy for everything, do we? Happiness is a state of mind. It indicates positivity and security of mind. Happiness is like a rainbow that has only 7 shades from far but, when we look closer, we see how little little components make up the rainbow. Life is like that too. From far, we may see the outer beauty or sadness. But, when we look closer, we see that it is like a woven carpet with some light and some dark colors.
Happiness is an important part of everyone’s life. We look for happiness in all nooks and crannies of life. I think I have emphasized enough on how happiness is different for different people. A happy life, in essence, is a combination of a lot of things. These “things” keep on changing with time. When we are young, happiness for us is looking good, going out and seeing friends, going on adventures etc. When we are older, we feel happy seeing our children settle down. The meaning of life keeps on changing.
Here is a list of 7 things that, for me, make up for a happy life during the mid 20s.
Going out, hiking, trekking, going into the wilderness, bonfire nights and so on. We see so many movies where a group of young people go on a trip somewhere. Does that not make you wish like doing the same, too? Life is beautiful and seeing beautiful things and places bring happiness!
2) Solid Friendships!
Life is complicated and you need to set of rock solid friends to make it simpler. A good support system, be it in the form of friends or family, is surely a requirement. Good and strong friendship is one of life’s main joys. No matter how crappy a day gets, a good drink with your friends can ruin the effects of that bad day!
3) Lose The Extra Baggage!
Yes, I know everyone has their own set of baggage. I also know that it is difficult to get rid of it. But, even if we try, I am sure you will feel lighter and happier. Toss that sadness away and welcome happiness in your life. This could be applied for baggage that is both physical and mental. Lose the unwanted articles. Throw them out. Do things that make you feel better
4) Me Time!
Do not compromise on your personal time. Yes, you may be a career girl but at the end of the day, you should have sufficient time to unwind and indulge in other pleasures of life. When was the last time you went to a concert or a nice date? When was the last time you gave yourself a mani/pedi? Treat yourself too sometimes. Go out with yourself and have fun in your own company.
I know you all know that exercising is important as it is healthy and yes, health is wealth. But, the other thing related to exercise that I want to talk about is that exercising releases endorphins, pleasure creating hormones. So, even if you have had a bad day at work or something, a good hour of exercise will bring you happiness. Also, looking at yourself, all toned and fit, will also bring you happiness.
6) Love Yourself!
Majority of us are not satisfied with how we are. The first step to happiness is loving yourself. It is a guiding light of happiness. Treat yourself right and do not be hard on yourself. Sure, everyone is capable of improvement, but that does not mean that you do not get satisfied with how you are right now. Nothing is wrong with you. You are good the way you are.
7) Take Time and Make The Right Choice!
Mentally, add up the pros and cons of the issue in question. The right decisions in life will always make you feel satisfied and happy. Right decisions and happiness are interlinked. I say this because wrong decisions fill us with regret. Life is too long to live a life of wrong decisions. Think about your life carefully. Do not waste it on things or people that do not deserve you.